Manila Sound Project : OPM Music At Its Finest

I have different tastes in music. Any genre, as long as it fits my mood makes me groove, move or maybe even take a trip down memory lane a time or two.

My playlist is a mix of foreign and local sounds but really, the most dominant I can say is OPM or Original Pilipino Music. I'm a girl that way, I find their music relaxing and their songs have a way of tugging at your heartstrings since it's so straight to the point. And what could be more straight than songs being sung in Tagalog, diba? 

Some of you may think it's so jologs of me but really, come to think of it, the songs back then only had melody and lyrics that said only I love you or I hate you without the unnecessary sounds. Swabe, that's the term. 

Recently, I was priveledged enough to be invited to watch a concert at Solaire Resort and Casino. When I saw who was performing, I didn't even have to think twice. I just said, I'll go. 



It was a real blast! The original member/s of Vst & Co. , Hagibis, Boyfriends and Sampaguita took my breath away! It was like TBT only it wasn 't Thursday! I literally couldn't believe they still sound the same after all these years. 

Hits like Muli, Dahil Mahal Kita, Legs, Nosi Balasi and so much more were performed in front of a very lively audience. All the songs we now hear only every Sundays. 

Jimmy Santos himself graced us with his presence, he sung one of my all time faves Because by Dave Clark Five - well, not an OPM but still worth dancing to! 

Was seated at the balcony area, but that didn't stop me from dancing and singing along with the guys of Manila Sound Project.

It was a nice experience you see, being able to walk down memory lane without so much fuss yet with so much dance. I've always believed that we should learn to love our own. In tagalog "tangkilikin ang sariling atin." 

With Mr. Sonny Parsons of Hagibis. 

Here's what I realized, OPM is part of our identity. Filipinos are great, talented musicians, singers and songwriters and we should support them. Songs last longer than we do and if we keep supporting them, we will be able to help put our country on the map of the music world long after we're gone! 

With Mr. Jimmy Santos (Jimmy The Saint. Hehe)

Thank you Filipino Bloggers Network for the awesome opportunity! 



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26 comments:

  1. I think the past few years had ushered in great OPM again. What Filipino music has that many musicians miss out on are the richness of lyrics.

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    1. I agree sis! Filipinos are great lyric writers. May pinaghuhugutan! Hahaha

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  2. I support OPm artists. I hope their music will be played more often than foreign artists.

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  3. I love OPM. I agree we really need to support our own artist and we can't deny that Filipinos are very talented in music.

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    1. Yes. They need support especially nowadays na medyo hooked on foreign music ang mga kabataan.

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  4. my tito is part of vst! hes been asking me to watch them but i havent had the chance yet, glad to see you enjoyed :)

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    1. Wow! Really? Is he Spanky? :-) i would love to get an autograph. Hahahaha you should watch them, they are amazing! :-)

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  5. I missed this concert! I would have loved to come.

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  6. Too bad sis! They were great! I hope you can get to watch them one day! :-)

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  7. I love OPM music too. And I think the older OPMs are way better than the new ones :)

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  8. What a great year for OPM music! Nabawasan na ang novelty songs and "singers". :)

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  9. Uy! This is the one your telling me? Ang saya nga neto. I love old OPM. :)

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  10. I was an OPM gal too back in high school and college! Only because I was managing my boyfriend (now husband) and friends' band. So almost every month may gig and I get to listen to sikat na OPM bands.

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  11. Awww I haven't been to a concert in a really long time. I really love music pa naman. Can't live without it! :)

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  12. Woah, super nice! I love OPM from every genre and generation and am not afraid to say I'll take it over "imported" music any day!

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  13. Wow that's nice! I agree, Pinoys are very talented when in comes to music and we really need to support our own local scene. I think I haven't attended any concert/ music gigs since I had my two kids. Nakakamiss maki-jam.

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  14. I rarely hear OPM on the radio these days. Hope the Filipino music will make a comeback.

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  15. Ooooooh. I'm not a big fan of these bands but I can definitely jive with them and enjoy their music once in a while. I kinda miss going out to watch concerts, the partner and I love doing that. Which just reminded me that one of our favorite local bands are disbanding. I hope they have performances like these in the future though.

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  16. Nahiya naman ako. I rarely listen to OPM and music in general these days, except for nursery rhymes and songs from Frozen. Hehehe. But I do hope OPM will make a comeback. I agree with you, tangkilikin ang sariling atin :)

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  17. I also love OPM, especially the 90's like the Teeth, Rivermaya, Eraserheads, Barbie's Cradle and for the new bands, my faces are Urbandub, Up Dharma Down, Bamboo and Sugarfree and Franco. I also love VST and the retro opm music. OPM has inspired me to join a band and perform in front of people. But my studies crushed my dreams of becoming a Rock star. Hehehe. ASA. :)

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  18. Nothing beats OPM. I used to sing in a band and our line up were mostly Filipino music.

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  19. I love OPM too! We have to support them so they'll remain alive.

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  20. Love OPM songs! :) iba parin talaga mga kanta nila.

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